Ellsworth High School senior Craig Burnett takes a cut during the Eagles’ 1-0 win over Bucksport on May 3. Both teams struggled to get anything going offensively. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTOS BY ZACH LANNING

Eagles break Bucksport’s winning streak



ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles baseball team battled for seven full innings against a dangerous Bucksport squad, manufacturing one run in the bottom of the third inning to secure a 1-0 home win on Tuesday.

This was a non-conference game for the Eagles, who are in Class B, but Bucksport is one of the top teams in Class C and a rival that the team knows very well.

Daniel Howie scored the lone run after singling, stealing second, moving to third on a sacrifice bunt and, ultimately, stealing home after a pickoff attempt at third went awry. Outside of that, Bucksport’s Ty Giberson was able to keep the Eagles’ bats in check, which has been a bit of an issue so far this season, according to coach Dan Curtis.

“We’ve just got to wake the bats up,” said Curtis. “These boys can do it; we’ve got a lot of experience, so it’ll come. We’re leaning a little hard on our pitching right now but luckily, we have it.”

Luckily indeed, as one of the team’s top starters, Hunter Curtis, threw a complete game shutout, striking out nine. He also surrendered seven hits, but the Golden Bucks were never able to string enough of them together to get on the board. Hunter knew that he wanted to see the game through to the end.

“I haven’t pitched over 60 pitches all year, since we started pitchers and catchers, but I kept telling coach that I wasn’t coming out of the game,” Hunter said.

Ellsworth will see Brewer and Hermon in the coming days while Bucksport will face Searsport and Orono.

Prior to Tuesday’s matchup, Bucksport and Ellsworth were both unbeaten on the young 2022 campaign with records of 5-0 and 4-0, respectively, while Mount Desert Island sat at 3-2, Sumner 1-4 and George Stevens Academy 0-4.

The following is a recap of reported diamond results:

John Bapst 8, Mount Desert Island 0

At Bangor May 2, the Crusaders of Bangor held the Trojans off the scoreboard en route to a lopsided win. John Bapst scored three times in the first, twice in the third and fifth innings and once in the second.

Quentin Pileggi and Jay Haney rapped hits for the Trojans, while the Crusaders were led offensively by Allen Wheaton (hit, run), Jack Mason (hit, run), Jon Pangburn (hit, RBI), Peter Schuck (run), Caleb Robbins (hit, RBI), Nick Chaffee (run) and Nikohlas Hachey (run).

A.J. Lozano and Noah Keeley pitched for MDI and allowed a combined four hits and four walks, with five strikeouts. Wheaton tossed a two-hit shutout for John Bapst, as he walked none and fanned 14 batters.

MDI finished with five fielding miscues and John Bapst one.

Bucksport 13, George Stevens Academy 6

At Bucksport May 2, the Golden Bucks scored in all but one inning and stayed unbeaten with a win over the Eagles. Bucksport scored four runs in the fourth and sixth stanzas and one in the first and third frames.

The Bucksport offense was keyed by Tyler Hallett (hit, run, RBI), Gavin Holyoke (hit, run, 2 RBIs), Jake Guty (2 hits, 2 runs), Ty Giberson (3 hits, 3 RBIs, run), Brandon Elden (hit), Cameron Rich (hit, RBI), Ayden Maguire (2 hits, run, RBI), Jason Terrill (3 runs), Kaleb Nightingale (2 hits, run, RBI) and Gunther Cyr (run).

For GSA, Sol Lorio (2 hits, run), Harrison Walden (hit, run, RBI), Will McArthur (hit), Teague Smallidge (hit, run), Kyle Gray (RBI) and Cameron Walden (hit, RBI) paced the offense.

Holyoke and Rich toed the rubber for the Golden Bucks as Holyoke allowed six hits and three walks, with 10 strikeouts through five innings. Rich struck out three over the final two frames.

Bretton Label, Lorio, Smallidge, Isaiah Radel and Harrison Walden scattered 13 hits and five walks, with five strikeouts on the hill for the Eagles.

Bucksport played a clean game defensively, while GSA made nine fielding miscues.

Mount Desert Island 12, Foxcroft Academy 7

At Bar Harbor April 30, the Ponies were penned in by the hosts as the Trojans marched to a five-run victory. MDI scored two runs in the first inning, six in the third, one in the fifth and three in the sixth, while FA scored one in the first, two in the third, one in the fourth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

The Trojans were led at the plate by Lozano (hit, RBI), Pileggi (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Aiden Grant (2 hits, 2 runs), Joey Wellman-Clouse (3 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Haney (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), Nick Jacobs (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Gray (hit, 2 RBIs), Jacob Shields (hit, 2 runs) and Isaac MacDonnell (hit, RBI).

For the Ponies, Jadon Richard (3 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Gideon Topolski (hit, RBI, 2 runs), Chase Higgins (3 hits, run), Anthony Smith (RBI), Donnie Poole (hit, RBI), Calvin Landry (run), Jackson Day (hit, RBI) and Caden Crocker (hit, run) paced the offense.

Pileggi worked six innings on the mound for MDI and allowed nine hits and no walks, with five strikeouts. Haney pitched an inning of relief and allowed one hit and no walks, with one strikeout.

Richard and Smith combined to scatter 15 hits and three walks, with five strikeouts for Foxcroft Academy.

The opponents committed three fielding errors.

Bucksport 8, Dexter 0

At Dexter April 29, the Golden Bucks held the Tigers off the scoreboard — and out of the hit column — with a shutout victory. Bucksport scored five runs in the fourth and added single runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings.

Jake Guty tossed a no-hitter on the bump for the Golden Bucks as he yielded on three walks and struck out 16 batters on 105 pitches. Payson Rienhardt, Nathan Fernald and William Spratt pitched for the Tigers and allowed eight hits and six walks, with three strikeouts.

Bucksport’s offense was led by Hallett (2 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Guty (hit, run, 2 RBIs), Maguire (2 runs), Rich (2 hits, run), Terrill (3 hits, 3 RBIs, run) and Nightingale (run).

The Golden Bucks made one fielding error and the Tigers five fielding miscues.

Searsport 10, George Stevens Academy 0 (6 inns.)

At Blue Hill April 29, the Vikings swung to a shutout win over the Eagles. Searsport scored twice in the first, three in the second, once in the fourth and four in the sixth.

Josh Wright and Gage Ellis combined on a no-hitter for Searsport, as the duo allowed one walk, with 11 strikeouts. Lorio, Harrison Walden and Smallidge pitched for GSA and allowed six hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts.

Searsport’s offense was paced by Nate Ashey (hit, run), Sam Cahill (2 runs), Brady Clements (2 runs), Cole Ellis (3 hits, 5 RBIs, 2 runs), Wright (hit, 3 RBIs), Chase Brassbridge (hit), Gage Ellis (run) and Eli Law (run).

Sumner 16, Shead 4

At Sullivan April 29, the hosts quadrupled the visitors in a showdown of fellow Tigers. Sumner went on the offensive in an impressive way with a 12-run first inning, tacked on two more in the fourth and single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, while Shead scored three in the first and one in the fifth.

Bryson Parritt doubled, singled and knocked in four runs, while Bo Newenham tripled, singled and knocked in two to pace Sumner.

Isaac Sullivan led Shead with two singles and one RBI, while Craig Cushing and Johnathon Andrews singled.

Parritt, Christiansen and Chase pitched for the hosts and allowed a combined three hits, while Nathan Tardiff, Johnathon Andrews and Craig Cushing surrendered eight hits on the hill for the visitors.

Washington Academy 9, Sumner 1

At East Machias April 27, the Raiders were aggressive on the bases — to the tune of 13 steals — and ran past the Tigers. Washington Academy scored one run in the first inning, three in the second and five in the third, while Sumner also tallied its run in the third.

Nolan Christiansen, Carter Hanna and Bo Newenham rapped hits for the Tigers, while Brian Dennison and Carson Prout had two hits for the Raiders.

Caden Schwinn got the win on the mound for the hosts and struck out 13 batters.

Orono 14, George Stevens Academy 0 (5 inns.)

At Blue Hill April 27, the unbeaten Red Riots won by two touchdowns over the host Eagles. Orono scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second, five in the fourth and three in the fifth.

The Red Riot offense was paced by Ellis Spaulding (single, run, stolen base), Caden Gray (single, 2 runs, stolen base), Caleb Ryder (run), Javier Alicea-Santiago (single, 2 runs), Adam Sherman (home run), Ben Francis (single, 2 runs), Jack Brewer (2 runs), Sal Wise (2 singles, run) and Griffin Costello (single, run).

For the Eagles, McArthur (single), Gray (double) and Hutchins (single) paced the offense.

Smallidge, Sullivan, Isaia Radel and Aubrey King pitched for GSA and scattered eight hits, walked 13, to go along with six strikeouts.

Spaulding and Sherman combined on a three-hit shutout for Orono as the duo yielded one walk and struck out five.

Ellsworth 3, John Bapst 2

At Ellsworth April 26, the Eagles — improbably — stayed unbeaten on the season with a win over the Crusaders without the benefit of a hit. Ellsworth scored a run in the second inning and two more in the seventh to walk off with the win, while John Bapst scored its runs in the third.

Peter Keblinsky scored in the second, while Michael Palmer scored the tying run and Brady Kenny the winning run in the seventh for Ellsworth.

For John Bapst, Nick Chafee (single, run), Aiden Dunn (run) and Nate Tibbits (single) paced the offense.

Allen Wheaton and Sam Bay pitched for the Crusaders and combined on a no-hitter as the duo walked eight and struck out 10. David Baugh tossed a two-hitter for Ellsworth as he yielded no walks and fanned six.

In the seventh inning, Palmer reached on a walk and moved to third after an error allowed Brady Kenny to move into scoring position at second base. Palmer scored on a fielder’s choice by Kyle Kenny before and Brady Kenny scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Brandon to win the game.

Mount Desert Island 3, Old Town 2

At Old Town April 26, the Trojans took the lead for good in the third inning and held off the host Coyotes. MDI scored its three runs in the fourth inning, while Old Town plated runs in the first and second innings.

The Trojans were led at the dish by Lozano (run), Pileggi (hit, run), Logan Blanchette (hit, run) and Wellman-Clouse (2 RBIs).

For the Coyotes, Gabe Gifford (2 hits, run, RBI), Alex McCannell (hit, run) and James Dumond (hit) paced the offense.

Lozano, Haney and Pileggi pitched for MDI and allowed four hits and six walks, with four strikeouts. Gifford went the distance for Old Town and allowed two hits and no walks, with 14 strikeouts.

Bucksport 11, Central 0 (6 inns.)

At Corinth April 26, the Golden Bucks swung to their second straight mercy rule-shortened victory, this time over the Red Devils. Bucksport scored two runs in the first inning four in the third, three in the fourth and two in the sixth.

The Golden Bucks were led at the plate by Hallett (2 singles, 2 runs, stolen base), Holyoke (single, 2 runs), Guty (double, 2 singles, 3 runs, 2 stolen bases), Giberson (double, 2 singles, 3 runs, 2 stolen bases), Elden (double, run), Maguire (double, single, stolen base), Rich (single) and Terrill (single, stolen base).

Giberson pitched for Bucksport and allowed three hits and no walks, with 11 strikeouts.

Zachary Lanning

Zachary Lanning

News reporter Zach Lanning covers news and features in the Ellsworth area. He comes to Ellsworth by way of New Jersey, which he hopes you don't hold against him. Email him at [email protected].
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